The Bruins avoided their longest losing streak since the 1924-'25 season and snapped a 10-game skid as Tuukka Rask (36 saves) and the B's shutout the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 at the Bell Centre on Sunday afternoon. Marco Sturm led the way offensively for the Bruins with 2 goals, while Adam McQuaid recorded his first NHL goal and Patrice Bergeron chipped in with 2 assists.
Adam McQuaid's first NHL goal staked the Bruins to a 1-0 lead with 2:28 remaining in the first period. Marc Savard set up behind the net and fed a pass out to McQuaid at the point. McQuaid took a slap shot in the direction of the net, which deflected in off the stick of Ryan White in front of Jaroslav Halak's net.
The Bruins added a second goal before the end of the first period with under 4 second left on the clock on a goal from Marco Sturm, finishing off a play that he started. Marco Sturm gained possession of the puck behind the net and send a diagonal pass to Zdeno Chara at the left point. Chara ripped a shot and Sturm pounced on the rebound for his team-leading 17th goal of the season.
Marco Sturm added another insurance goal midway through the third period when his shot from the slot deflected off Josh Georges and past Jaroslav Halak.
- Blake Wheeler recorded his first NHL fighting major...if you want to call it that. I give him props for fighting his own battle and throwing off his visored helmet before the bout, though.
- The Bruins did not record a shot on goal in the second period until 15:37 of the period when Steve Begin registered a shot. The Bruins were outshot 15-3 in the second period.
- Adam McQuaid admitted during an interview with NESN's Naoko Funayama that his shot was intended to be a slap pass for a tip-in. The Bruins could use a little puck luck this days.
- Andrew Ference returned to the lineup today after being out with a groin injury.
- David Krejci left the game with an undisclosed injury in the first period. Fluto Shinzawa is reporting that he appeared to be favoring his right leg and is considered questionable for Tuesday's game against Buffalo.
- It looks like most of the players will get the day off tomorrow with only a limited number of players expected to be on the ice in Buffalo.
- The shutout was Rask's 4th of his career and 3rd of the season.
- The Bruins scored 3 or more goals for the first time in 9 games.